Christine Wilson was thoughtful and giving. She cared deeply for children and wished to work with them someday, teaching and improving their lives. Christine’s wish was to make a difference in the lives of others, and with your help, her legacy can live on.

In 2016, Christine’s dream of impacting the lives of children entered into a new phase when the event started benefiting Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, an organization that grants wishes to local children with critical illnesses.

Since its inception in 1983, Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana has granted nearly 17,000 wishes to seriously ill children, including almost 10,000 wishes for kids in Ohio.

These are children battling cancer, heart problems, and a host of other tough challenges. They often live in a climate of “no” – no friends, no sports, no playing outside, etc. – but Make-A-Wish® says “yes” to something they deeply want. And that “yes” can have a profound impact on a child’s life and the lives of those around them.

A wish brings strength and joy to kids:

  • Three out of four parents say the wish experience marked a turning point in their children’s fight against a critical illness.
  • 99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness.
  • A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed believe a wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.

A wish reunites families:

  • 96 percent of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.
  • 98 percent of parents felt the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again.

A wish strengthens communities:

  • 95 percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion, and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity.

Although Make-A-Wish® grants over 120 central Ohio wishes every year, they are still not meeting the need. Your gift will help more local kids, families and communities experience the life-changing power of a wish.

Will you join us as we make wishes come true through this year’s event?